With climate change, the weather is becoming increasingly unpredictable—especially in the Southeast. That unpredictability makes it harder to forecast hurricanes, damaging storms, heat waves, and other dangerous events.
At the same time, the severity of these events is increasing, too. For roofers, and for homeowners who are trying to protect the roofs over their heads, that means storm-proof roofing is becoming more and more important.
So how can you go about creating a better, more storm-proof roofing system? And what are the specific advantages of doing so? We’ll show you!
Why Storm-Proof Roofing is Crucial
The roofing system is one of the most important—if not the most important—systems within a home. Alongside siding, it’s what prevents wind and rain from infiltrating the home. Even more importantly, the roofing system protects attic insulation and the upper levels of the home from moisture.
If moisture can get through this system into the insulation and structural supports, several major problems can occur, from mold and mildew growth to rot, which can destroy both the insulation and the home’s structural integrity. However, even in cases where the damage isn’t great enough to pose a threat to structural integrity, damage to insulation will make it much less effective—and the result will be a home that experiences larger temperature swings, making it harder to heat and cool.
The Epilay Solution for Storm-Proof Roofing
If you want to create the highest level of storm-proofing possible, synthetic underlayment is the answer—and Epilay’s products in particular can help you achieve the kind of moisture and wind resistance needed to stand up to strong storms.
Epilay’s line of Protectite underlayments all feature high moisture resistance and high tear resistance, which helps to prevent moisture infiltration and excess damage to the roof and underlayment during heavy rains and high winds.
But the top product for storm resistance? That would be Epilay’s EpiStik Plus. This is a peel-and-stick underlayment that offers all of the above benefits—moisture resistance and high tear strength—combined with strong adhesion to the roof deck. The advantages include:
- Moisture impermeability: Because this underlayment forms a strong bond to the roof deck, moisture can’t seep through to the underlying structures. It also seals around fasteners, preventing moisture infiltration here, too.
- High wind resistance: The high tear strength of this underlayment combines with strong adhesion to create an incredibly wind-resistant barrier. With EpiStik Plus and other peel-and-stick products, there are no loose edges for wind to catch and lift.
- Extended exposure resilience: After extreme weather strikes, homeowners are liable to experience delays between supply shortages and roofers with packed schedules. EpiStik Plus remains UV resistant and water repellant for up to 180 days, which keeps the roof deck protected while you wait.
- Ease of installation: In an emergency, there’s no time to lose. All of Epilay’s products are easy to install, not only because each roll is lighter and easier to maneuver than traditional roofing felt, but also because they roll out flat and smooth, limiting the labor needed to do a clean installation. That saves time—and helps you prepare for emergencies faster, or make needed repairs as soon as possible in the aftermath.
Those benefits are big in the short term—but it’s also important to think about the long term, too. Whereas asphalt underlayments may only last ten to twenty years even in the best of conditions, Epilay products are engineered to go the distance. The thinnest of our underlayments, which is Protectite PlasFelt, features a 20-year warranty, and EpiStik Plus comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
That makes these underlayments a cost-effective option since you won’t need to replace them as often as asphalt underlayments. And in severe weather situations? The durability means a reduction in storm damage, which saves homeowners money on costly repairs.
Create a Storm-Proof Roofing System with Epilay Synthetic Underlayment
As time goes on, the weather will continue to be unpredictable and severe—and that’s why more roofers and homeowners are looking for storm-proof roofing solutions. Epilay synthetic underlayment delivers. Give these products a try to discover how they can help you create a better, stronger roofing system.